Baker Mayfield Health Update; Cleveland Browns to Receive Big Boost for Playoff Qualification

Published 12/25/2021, 8:05 AM EST
Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports| Reuters


The AFC North bottom rankers Cleveland Browns have been very inconsistent this season. While results haven’t gone their way, a mid-season COVID outbreak furthered their woes taking out star QB Baker Mayfield out of action. However, ahead of their decisive clash against the Packers, there seems to be some good news for Cleveland.

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Big Relief for Cleveland fans as star QB Baker Mayfield is fit to play against the Packers

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Since a tumultuous last 2 weeks, the COVID crisis in the Browns camp is finally over. After nearly losing over 20 players on the reserve/COVID 19 list including stars Baker Mayfield and Keenum, there is finally some good news. Last night, the Cleveland-based team activated Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum from the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Browns also activated receiver Jarvis Landry, cornerback A.J. Green, and defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo from the list.

The absence of star players Mayfield and Keenum really affected the Cleveland offense against the Raiders last week. While backup Nick Mullens performed admirably, the Browns still fell short as their inability to hang onto a late lead saw them succumb to a 16-14 loss.

Cleveland Browns all set to square off against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers

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Last week, the Green Bay Packers became the first team to clinch their division. Playoff qualification is not a problem for the Packers but the same cannot be said for the Browns. The Browns [7-7] are currently fourth in AFC North.

For a Wildcard berth, the Browns need to win all three of their remaining matches. Unfortunately for them, the biggest hurdle they face is tonight when they face the Green Bay Packers. However, with star players returning, the Browns fans can hope to live to see another day.

Nov 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sport| Credit: Reuters

Who do you think will win between the Browns and the Packers? It’s an upset on the cards? Let us know your thoughts below!

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is an NFL and Football writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xavier's College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite soccer club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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